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A jam-packed residential camp for Yr 8 and 9

A group of fearless Year 8 and 9 students recently embarked on an end of year camp, packed with fun activities and new experiences.

The adventure started bright and early on Monday 13 June, with students piling into the minibus ready to go canoeing down the River Avon. Canoeing was Leo’s favourite part of the whole trip as he found it very enjoyable and he loves “being on boats and in water”.

After a tranquil morning with the sun shining, the group returned to school to collect their bags before heading off to the campsite in Malvern to set up their tents.

After a night sleeping under the stars and gathered around the campfire, students were up and raring to go the next morning.
Paddle boarding was up first, with Kacey describing it as “lots of fun but a few of us did fall in!”. Phoebe’s favourite part of the camp was paddle boarding – she especially liked pushing Phil into the water!

Rock climbing followed, where Len and Kacey battled it out to get all the way to the top and enjoyed swinging around before lowering back down to the ground. Neman also enjoyed rock climbing, as before camp, he had been scared to give it a go. He now feels a lot more confident!

After all that excitement and physical endurance, the group returned to their camp to cook pizzas.

It wasn’t time to relax just yet, as soon after pizzas, it was time for some competitive bowling! Kacey managed to score a whopping 120 points. Len says it was “great getting to push the heavy ball off the ramp and hearing the thud it made on the floor.”

Wednesday dawned and the campers went down to a farm where they got to see a variety of different animals and even had the opportunity to ride horses. Roman was initially nervous to horse ride, but once he was trotting with Sparky, he was all smiles! There was also some serious go kart racing.

On the last day, Thursday, students immersed themselves in bush craft – spending the day learning how to light fires, build dens and basic survival skills.

Students certainly slept well after an action-packed week, and all agreed that “camp was a great experience and it allowed us to do activities that we haven’t tried before”.

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